Scottish Country Dancing in the Washington, D.C. Area, the Washinghton, D.C. and Northern Virginia Branches of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
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News & Information for Northern Virginia Branch Class


The Northern Virginia Branch offers in-person classes year-round on Thursdays (except holidays) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. No classes November 23 or December 21, 2023.

Starting on September 21, we'll offer two in-person classes, a beginner class and a general class.

To dance in person, please agree to our revised (September 2023) Health Policy before coming to class.

All classes meet in person at The Woman's Club of Arlington, 700 S. Buchanan St., Arlington, VA.

Fall 2023 Zoom classes will be on the following Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET: September 13 and 27; October 11 and 25; November 8 and 22; and December 6 and 20. There is a $5 Zoom class drop-in fee, which can be paid at the PayPal link under General Classes. For further information, please email

Beginner Classes

Scottish Country Dancing has been enjoyed in the barns, ballrooms and village halls of Scotland for at least 250 years. You don't need a partner, since it's common practice to dance with different partners during a night of dancing, and you don't need to have Scottish heritage, either!

Perfect for people with no or limited experience in dance, Scottish Country Dancing is a social activity!

For class, it's best to wear soft-soled sneakers, jazz or ballet shoes; loaner dance shoes, or ghillies, are also available.

Beginning dancers are welcome to a live-music dance party, suitable for everyone, on September 14, 2023, and then our nine-week fall 2023 beginner class, which we call our FUNdamentals class, starts on September 21 and goes through November 16. The class will cover all of the key dance steps and basic figures, so that you can feel confident as you reel and jig to lively Scottish music. Dancers of all experience levels who want to concentrate on the basics are welcome to dance in this class. The FUNdamentals class fee is $60 for all 9 sessions, payable by the third class on October 5, 2023.

The FUNdamentals class meets at the same time as the General class in Arlington, and joins the General class at the end of each session to practice what you've learned.

Email us at for details!

Pay FUNdamentals class fee on-line (PayPal):

FUNdamentals Class Fee
Dancer Name

General Classes

For Fall 2023 (September through December), cost for in-person class is a drop-in fee of $8 for RSCDS Northern Virginia members and $10 for non-members. Dancers may pay using the online link below, by cash, or by check payable to RSCDS Northern Virginia Branch.

Pay drop-in fee on-line (PayPal):
Click the down arrow in the box below to see the options (non-member, member, Zoom). Then, please enter the class date(s) for which you are paying. After you have added the class drop-in fee to the PayPal shopping cart, please verify that the quantity matches the number of dates you entered.

Class Drop-In Fee
Class Date(s)

Alternatively, Northern Virginia Branch members may pay $110 for the Fall 2023 session (September through December) in person, or online under Northern Virginia Branch Membership.

Branch Information

Dances Taught

Missed a class, or want to know the name of a dance done in class? Check the dances taught, September 2014-present, also May 2005-April 2008.

Snow Policy

There is no dancing if the Arlington Public Schools close due to inclement weather.

Information on local closings and delays: